Saturday, August 19, 2017

What a gorgeous story

Once a Liberal Arts major in French Literature, J.A. Schneider, a former staffer at Newsweek, brings aspects of her fascination with medicine, forensic science, and human psychology into her gripping thrillers. I am thrilled that she read my WWII spy thriller, Marriage before Death,  and posted this review:

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I would follow Uvi Poznansky anywhere, and, joy! Now she's written a World War II thriller intertwined with an unusual, powerful love story. Marriage Before Death is the fifth in the author's Still Life with Memories series about Lenny and Natasha Kaminsky, war heroes. I've loved every one.

Lenny, in the present, is remembering the couple's terrifying time in France, in 1944 in the long weeks before D-Day. Lenny's pain is that Natasha now is suffering from Alzheimer's. He tries to get her to remember when they were separated for a time: he was caught out of uniform and facing execution by the Germans; Natasha had disappeared into the French Resistance to help both the Resistance and the Allies. The story of how they survived such horrors is extraordinary. Also extraordinary is the author's deep and gorgeous writing, interweaving desperation with descriptions of "beautiful light streaming from high-arched, stained glass windows, rattling in the duel between the German artillery and ours."

These are the memories that Lenny aches to remember with Natasha, as her disease intensifies and she struggles against it. In so many ways, our inner wars are so much more painful than any "outer" war, and this is the core of what readers feel as this story unfolds.

I truly loved this story and recommend it - and the whole Still Life with Memories series. Five stars!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Final Book in The David Chronicles! A Response from the Reader

Glenda A Bixler is an excellent book reviewer, and her reviews of Rise to Power and of A Peek at Bathsheba (the first two volumes in the trilogy) are thought provokingh. But she has outdone herself in her latest review, the one for the last volume, The Edge of Revolt. Not only did she include David's psalms in her essay and not only did she open with an excerpt but she used the book's name in a twist I did not see coming, a twist that is amazingly appropriate for our times.

This is how she opened her piece: As soon as I had reviewed three of the Inspired by Art books in this series, the last of which complemented this book, I knew I wanted to read the novels. As with the Art book, I found the third book, The Edge of Revolt, the most provocati
ve and filled with new information...for me... I admit that somehow I had missed the impact of what happened to David in his later life...and to his children...

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Final Book in The David Chronicles! A Response from the Reader...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Discussion with Uvi Poznansky - Come Join Us

I am so grateful to Glenda A. Bixler who not only read all three books in my historical fiction series, The David Chronicles, but also invited me to a conversation about the ideas that drove my writing. She opened the conversation with,

The entire set of books is extraordinary in the continuity, the additional exploration of related works by leading artists and the movement out of the original Biblical story into a broader literary fictional tale of the total life of David.

Uvi, your creative talent is superior...artistic, writing...how does your background bring those to you? heritage?, perhaps, by certain family members? or was it from your personal interests and work to reach the place where you now are?

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Discussion with Uvi Poznansky - Come Join Us; You are Welcome!




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Beginning of Outstanding Exploration in Historic Life of David

In her blog, Book Reader's Heaven, Glenda A. Bixler blogs about Books, Reviews, Authors, Publicity, Tips, short stories, essays...a little poetry, a cat story or two, thoughts on music, movies and products selections. I am thrilled to find her review of my Historical Fiction book, Rise to Power.

on August 13, 2017
The author of The David Chronicles was captured by the stories of David, which she read in its original language... Now she has created a three-book literary masterpiece so that readers can learn of the individual--David.

The Debut begins with a Prologue in which David has reached old age, having lived his life, yet not totally ready to give his reign over to his heir. The books are written as if David was writing his memoir--the story of his life as he wants to have his family and others know him. Most of all we see David as the man--the human being created by God. The human, like all of us, who deeply loved His God, but who also faced the issues that each of us do... David has a number of significant stories in his life. Book 1 covers his major event when he took on Goliath...

If you have not already done so, you may want to refer to my review of the complementary book, Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath spotlighting various artists who have given the world their vision of this story. While many may have knowledge of the story between Goliath and David, I was intrigued by the book enough to want to read the contemporary tale envisioned by Poznansky.

We begin the story as David leaves his home to audition for King Saul as a musician, a poet, intent on bringing the King comfort... Although many who listened were entranced by David's singing and poetry, the King was not and asked who had invited David there, only to be reminded that he, himself, had thought some might must help him feel better.

Finally with the King's permission, David stayed at court and we learn much about what was happening in the life of King Saul, as seen by David... Watching that time, but reading it in today's words and language, is intriguing--we don't know exactly how to respond to a story that does not follow what we already know...but rather fills in the setting, the background and the people there at that time. Could life then be just as complicated and full of emotional angst as it is now?

And what we find is a David who is just as confused as we are in trying to look toward the future, what it holds, what path he should take. He sees the grandeur of the King's castle, the riches within, the power he holds over the people and the country. And David feels the first taste of fame... grandeur... and glory... Does he dare to consider any of these things in his future? Could David become a leader of men? Could anybody ever look to him as their leader--perhaps even their King?

And in thinking more and more, he accidentally speaks openly and Saul, thinking to chide him, asks, why don't you kill a giant?

And the rest of the story is...as they say...history...

And yet it is not...

Poznansky, in taking God's constant presence out of the picture, reveals a man finding his own way, feeling the emotions we feel as well. He is not portrayed as a Godly man, rather he is pictured as we are, striving to live our lives, seeking God's guidance, but not necessarily knowing that his choices are, perhaps, part of God's plan (even though his future had been prophesied). The result is a refreshing, complementary look into the lives of those living in early times who were, basically, much like each of us who know God and try to follow His words...

I will add that much was added to the book about which we may not have known...For instance, David bargained with King Saul for his daughter's hand if he succeeded in killing the giant... I did not see any of what was presented as contradictory of what you may have learned from the Bible, but rather a literary fictional story that helps readers to ponder, to consider how common men--a boy from a farm in this case--might some day come to be known as a man favored by God... Although I personally didn't enjoy seeing the curse words, I am aware that today's world uses them as part of the culture of today... Therefore, I did not see them as detracting from the value of the story, rather that I was offended personally because of my own background. In that light, I must say that Poznansky has presented an outstanding exploration into the historic life of David, who became King...

Highly recommended,

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Lust and Murder - David and Bathsheba

In her blog, Book Reader's Heaven, Glenda A. Bixler blogs about Books, Reviews, Authors, Publicity, Tips, short stories, essays...a little poetry, a cat story or two, thoughts on music, movies and products selections. I am thrilled to find her review of my Historical Fiction book, A Peek at Bathsheba.

on August 13, 2017
When you read a memoir created by somebody else other than the author, you are bound to question the accuracy of that tale. Indeed, many readers may know the story of David and Bathsheba, through their reading of religious books, including the Bible and even those books that are written in the original book, written in Hebrew. The latter was read by the author and as she read through years since he was younger, she became intrigued by David...Her enthusiastic research and subsequent publishing of books centered on David are not only amazing but a significant contribution to the literary historical genre...

Though I knew much about David from my own reading and through sermons, I realized that for the most part, the story of Bathsheba is usually not taught, and especially not discussed. It therefore occurred to me, who early in life, found the King James Version a "bit much" for expecting all people to understand and learn what we were supposedly to learn from the Book. Reading this trilogy in contemporary English, therefore, has been a delight as not only does it cover basic Bible information, but successfully surrounds that basic story with an elaborate setting, dialogue and characters beyond those you may know, and more importantly, as the author decided to do, to show that what was written may be directly applicable to each of us living today...

Here's the thing though, reading these books in contemporary English, allows you to see the good, the bad, and the ugly, of the lives of those who now reside in various books, including the Bible. For instance, we see changes that have occurred culturally that would negate the use of the Bible as a role model... Take for instance, David's love of women--having wives as well as concubines historically found at that time. Somewhere along in history, well after the Bible was published, at least in America, it was decided that one man and one woman should be the basic religious home, directly contradicting the Bible...

But let's look deeper into David and Bathsheba, the two main characters in this book. As recently as this month, in talking about the books I was reading, I was told..."but Bathsheba seduced David..." It was very clear to me that this individual had either been taught, or had molded her opinion of the scripture to suit her thoughts about the type of man David must have been to be considered favored by God...

Yet, for me, the story, as written, made a significant point to me. No matter how much we want to follow God and his guidance, we still are human and fall prey to our own desires. David did desire Bathsheba...so much so, that he gave orders to ensure that Bathsheba's pregnancy was not known, and when that failed, ordered her husband's death...

Could God love us even in failing to follow His word? This story certainly supports that as truth. But what of Bathsheba? Was she guilty? Or was it David who did what it took to fulfill his own lust? And again, Bathsheba--was she able to forget that her lover had not only impregnated her, but then killed her husband to hide their guilt...

As a book reviewer, I realized a long time ago that, as a Christian, we should be able to read and learn from other books about the stories in the Bible and other holy books. If our faith is not strong enough to question, as Thomas did, we should try to understand why that is...

This trilogy is not religious. The story has been translated from Hebrew into Contemporary English that flirts with the American language that many of us do not appreciate, but is certainly reflective of today. Poznansky's research and study of the material is written as if she was writing her own memoir. She knows the material inside and out and has gifted us with an exciting and realistic fictional representation of how David came to take a married woman and then arranged the murder of a woman who had grown to be, perhaps, the only woman he ever really loved... The book is fascinating, thought-provoking, and revelatory... It may be just the book you should read if you've ever questioned why this story is included in holy scriptures...

Highly recommended--and for some it may be a must-read...it was for me...

GABixlerReviews

A long lost passage: Mirror Mirror

I am thrilled that Glenda A. Bixler has read my trilogy, The David Chronicles, and she has a little surprise for me every day this week. Today, she is featuring my work on her blog, Gook Readers Heaven. Check it out:

Uvi Poznansky - The Author - Featuring The David Chronicles


In addition, she found a long lost passage I wrote, and she had published it too. This brings back memories of a dark moment in my life:

Mirror Mirror



Monday, August 14, 2017

The voice behind Marriage before Death

Today I have the pleasure of presenting the gifted narrator of my upcoming WWII spy thriller, Marriage before Death (pre-order it now, be the first to read it.) 

Don Warrick has already voiced the characters for the earlier books in the series,  The Music of Us and Dancing with Air. From the beginning, working with him has been a joy, so I am thrilled for the renewed collaboration. And I wish you could hear the first chapter--which he has just completed--and witness him breathing life into Lenny and Natasha in their new adventure, this time on Normandy's shores and on the way to Paris.

Don is an actor who spent his entire life presenting the written word, and is second to none in his storytelling. He is a musician of many skills: teacher, performer, conductor, and recording artist. And he is an audiobook publisher. One day, he took the advice of his son, a writer, and found himself on the ACX page. Many days later he came up for air, realizing that he found the place where all roads converge.




AudioBooks:
The Music of Us by Uvi Poznansky
Dancing with Air by Uvi Poznansky
A Family Affair: Summer (Truth in Lies, Book 3) by Mary Campisi 
The Betrayed Trilogy: Boxed Set By Mary Campisi
Flying With The Enemy: Memoir of a Young Cadet by Oleg V. Oksevski
The Song of Kings Book by R J Chance
Christmas Past by Julie Elizabeth Powell
Figments by Julie Elizabeth Powell
13 by Julie Elizabeth Powell
Lost Shadows by Julie Elizabeth Powell

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It's time for love, without a doubt

In this stretch of sand I oft
Have sunk my feet and gazed far out
It is so warm, grainy, soft
It's time for love, without a doubt...


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"This anthology consists of twelve wonderful stories with the inherent theme of love and war contained in them. Out of the twelve authors, Uvi Poznansky is the only one that I was familiar with previously. So, in addition to becoming acquainted with new authors in this set, my 'to be read' pile has grown considerably. That is not a bad thing with the wind chill of a minus 10 as I write this review!!" 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Masterfully Retold Biblical Story of a Son's Deception

Linnea Tanner weaves Celtic tales of love, magic, adventure, betrayal and intrigue into historical fiction set in Ancient Rome and Britannia. I am thrilled to find her review of my story and of the narration of the audiobook edition,  A Favorite Son:

on August 7, 2017
A favorite son written by Uvi Poznansky and narrated by David Kudler retells the biblical story of Jacob and Esau. The story is told from Jacob's point of view which a modern audience can relate to. As an older man, Jacob tried to explain why he stole his older brother's inheritance as he recounts his youth. Author Poznansky masterfully characterizes Jacob as an intelligent and self-reflective man who deeply regrets tricking his older twin, Esau, into exchanging his inheritance for a savory stew. The most poignant scene is when Jacob's mother, Rachel, convinces Jacob to deceive his blind father, Isaac, into believing he is Esau. In doing so, Jacob steals his older brother's blessing and subsequently the entire inheritance. This is a moral tale of the consequences of a parent favoring one child over another and pitting one against another to gain the father's blessing as a favorite son. I highly recommend the audio-book because David Kudler delivers a heart-wrenching performance that capture Jacob's sorrow and guilt as he narrates the story.

New cover, old cover for Dancing with Air

So on a whim, I redesigned the cover for my WWII romantic suspense novel, Dancing with Air. Why? Because even though I loved the pose of the girl on the cover, I came to think that she should not look like a 60's girl. So, I gave her a new hairdo that dates back to the WWII era, and a new attire. 

Here are the before and after images. Which one do you like?



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Love a thriller? Get the print edition now: Marriage before Death

Waiting to get the ebook edition of my WWII Spy thriller, Marriage before Death? You can do better, and get the story right now: the print edition has just been published, the ink is still wet, read it first!

Here is the book description, and it is purposely short, so as not to give it away:

After D-Day, her photograph appears on the most-wanted Nazi propaganda posters. Who is the girl with the red beret? She reminds him of Natasha, but no, that cannot be. Why does Rochelle step into his life when he is lead by SS soldiers to the gallows? At the risk of being found out as a French Resistance fighter, what makes her propose marriage to a condemned man?


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cover reveal for Marriage before Death

In designing the cover I was inspired by Lenny’s impression of the girl with the red beret: “a slender girl whose hair was covered. It was tucked into a red beret, which was tilted, a bit whimsically, over her head.”  Because this cover depicts a later scene in the story, some of her hair has slinked out of her beret. 
In another scene, where he is about to be selected to die, he describes her coming into the selection court. “I had never known her to paint her lips and was astonished at how brightly they were outlined, how red. Oh, how seductive she looked! How different from the girl I used to know!” 
In the background is a dark forest, into which she has parachuted shortly before D-Day. A faint, subtle texture of branches appears also inside the word Death in the title. The forest is where she meets with bands of French Resistance Fighters, and where she promises to “make the sky rain weapons” for them.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer turning to fall

The mood was altered, not only for me but also for my sweetheart. After hanging up the receiver we stumbled into silence. 
After a while I offered to escort her to Mrs. Babcock’s home, but Natasha refused. She kissed me goodbye, a bit hurriedly, and said that a long walk, by herself, would do her good. 
I watched her walking away from me, her figure shrinking into the distance under the London Plane trees. Stiff-textured leaves were swirling in the evening breeze. One of them, lobed like the palm of a hand, landed on my shoulder as if to say, don’t take it to heart. This had been a long day. Things were bound to look brighter, come next morning.
Yes, I said to myself. Natasha must have been exhausted now, and so was I. What’s more, her Ma was an expert in taking control of the conversation, which was why it took the wind out of both of us. But tomorrow, Natasha would come back for me, really she would.
I took a stroll in the opposite direction, then stood a long time by the fountain, watching other couples coming by, walking hand-in-hand. 
A street performer tried, several times, to gather some of them into an audience, all in vain. No one paid attention to him. Perhaps it was too late. The sky was getting darker. Time to go home.
He stopped by my side, perhaps sensing my sadness, and sang, in the softest voice,

When we kissed goodbye in old Mayfair
Forever I’ll recall
Chill was trembling in the air
Summer turning to fall

When you left—I may be wrong—
But it was too hard to bear
A nightingale stopped singing in the middle of a song
As the silence lingering over Berkeley square.

Excerpt from Dancing with Air by Uvi Poznansky
Included in Love in Times of War


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"This anthology consists of twelve wonderful stories with the inherent theme of love and war contained in them. Out of the twelve authors, Uvi Poznansky is the only one that I was familiar with previously. So, in addition to becoming acquainted with new authors in this set, my 'to be read' pile has grown considerably. That is not a bad thing with the wind chill of a minus 10 as I write this review!!" 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

He sensed her desire

The smells of fresh air, salt water, seagulls, and fish washed over him and he breathed deep. Roasting hot in the desert he’d made this image his mantra, his oasis. He’d imagined the coarse desert sand beneath his fingers was softer and studded with broken shells. Instead of gunfire in the distance he told himself he heard the lapping of waves against the shore.
Being here now, with Zoe, was another image he would add to his memory bank for later times of crisis.
The sand was easier to navigate than he thought it might be, to his relief. The last thing he wanted to do was drop the kayak, or fall and either embarrass himself or hurt Zoe.
“Want to set your end down first?” she asked. He knew it was a nice way of telling him what to do.
“Sure.”
She lowered her side and then flipped the kayak over. Dropping the beach bag, she grinned and spread her arms wide, her face tilted up to the blue sky and puffy white clouds.
“God, I’ve missed this. It’s been so hot, and we’ve all been working so hard to keep going that I’ve felt guilty sneaking away to the beach. But I need it.” She knelt on the sand, taking out their towels and setting them out.
“I know what you mean.”
She looked up at him, her face shadowed by the bill of her baseball cap. “Yes?”
He reached down for a bottle of water. The walk had been invigorating, he told himself, ignoring the tweak of pain along his hip bone. The kayak would be great exercise without straining any muscles. “I’ve missed the beach.” Brayden kept his deeper thoughts to himself.
“Let me put some sunscreen on you,” she said.
He held his arms to his sides as she lifted the spray bottle from the beach bag. He winced at the unexpected coolness of the mist. “Want me to do you?”
She laughed softly. “Maybe later. Sorry I fell asleep last night.” Zoe skimmed her fingers over his arm, tracing the tribal tattoo that banded his biceps.
All of a sudden the air between them changed, charged into something sensual and heated.
He sensed her desire…watched her eyes darken. In the times they’d been apart, he’d never once cheated on Zoe. Marriage to him meant commitment, and a promise of fidelity.

Excerpt from Coming Home by the Sea by Traci Hall
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"This anthology consists of twelve wonderful stories with the inherent theme of love and war contained in them. Out of the twelve authors, Uvi Poznansky is the only one that I was familiar with previously. So, in addition to becoming acquainted with new authors in this set, my 'to be read' pile has grown considerably. That is not a bad thing with the wind chill of a minus 10 as I write this review!!"